Bay Leaves (30g)
|Bay leaves comes from the bay laurel plant, an evergreen shrub that grows slowly in warm weather. This plant is generally grown for ornamental use. It was then later discovered that the leaves brings a distinguishably pleasant taste to a variety of dishes. Bay leaves assist in the release of flavours in the other spices, like a “cheerleader” encouraging them to shine. Not only does bay leaf serve as a “cheerleader” for its spice counterparts, it also has the ability to assist with the digestion of your meal by improving your glucose and lipid profile thereby “cheering” your gut on as well.
Bay leaves do not soften when cooked hence are added to simmering sauces or braising liquid and then removed just before serving. Generally, bay leaves should be added at the beginning of cooking as the longer it simmers, the more time it has to infuse and encourage other spices to release its flavour. Bay leaves are usually added to simmering soups, stews and stuffings. It can also be added to the water when boiling rice or even pasta.